Makatea Fruit Dove
Despite drastic habitat changes,
this species has successfully occupied secondary vegetation.
Nevertheless, it qualifies as Vulnerable because of its small population
and range, and remains at risk from chance catastrophes.
Although much forest was destroyed
during the period 1917-1964, as a result of phospate mining, the
indigenous vegetation has recovered over the last 40 years and it
appears that the mining did not change either the distribution or
abundance of the species1,3. There is no hunting or
disturbance (given that the human population is low)2.
Predation by introduced rats (particularly black rat Rattus rattus)
may be a problem3 although the species has coexisted
with rats for several decades5.
None is known.
*Monitor the population. *Assess the threat posed by introduced species.
*Consider captive breeding and translocation.
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